The craze when it comes to cars is to enhance the appearance of your car by adding amazing wheels. Most people get the first one they find attractive but a racing wheel and a luxury wheel each has a different purpose.
Between the two different types of wheels, the feature that both could have in common is the bolt pattern as well as a similarity in the material because of standard rules. Wheels come in various sizes to fit exactly what the standard size of your PCD is. This makes it easier to have uniformity for customers.
Luxury wheels are for the sole purpose of beautifying your car. You will find that most of the standard wheels have specific patterns with the spokes or have a feature that enhances the appearance.
You will often find that your racing or performance wheels have a smaller profile or sidewall. When the profile of the tyre is smaller it usually means that it was meant for fast cars. The tyre is also wider for better balance when driving at high speeds. The wheel has to fit exactly in this space.
The racing wheels can certainly handle more pressure than the luxury version. Pressure is caused by the speed you are travelling at and the heat caused by that speed. These types of wheels also have to be lighter than the regular steel or metal alloy. The alloy would likely consist of more aluminium that the norm.
Luxury wheels can differ in size and are made for most cars whether it’s an SUV or a sedan. The glamorousness can be compromised without too much being removed from its value. The only downside to luxury wheels is that they can’t handle exceptionally high speeds.
Luxury wheels are also narrower than racing wheels because their only purpose is to look good and support the tyre of your luxurious car.
Make sure that when you purchase a wheel you know what specifications you need. The profile or rolling circumference is important to know as you need the diameter of the face to fit perfectly with the tyre. You need to know the bolt pattern or PCD so that you can fit the wheel to the bearing. Most importantly you need the width of your tyre for obvious fitting reasons.
Your wheel supplier should easily tell you what type of wheels you need installed on your car. The tyre often has it labelled on the sidewall for the driver’s convenience. Always be certain that you know what you want and don’t substitute with the incorrect option. This may damage your tyres and wheels.
A1 Wheel and Tyre is a private family owned and operated company specialising in the warehouse and distribution of wheels and tyres to the automotive fitment trade. The company has a well established operation in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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